Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 – 10 December 1951), English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. S. T. Joshi has stated that "his work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer's except Dunsany's" and that his short story collection Incredible Adventures (1914) "may be the premier weird collection of this or any other century". His two best known stories are probably The Willows (1907) and The Wendigo (1910). He would also often write stories for newspapers at short notice, with the result that he was unsure exactly how many short stories he had written and there is no sure total. Though Blackwood wrote a number of horror stories, his most typical work seeks less to frighten than to induce a sense of awe. Good examples are the novels Julius LeVallon (1916) and its sequel The Bright Messenger (1921), which deal with reincarnation and the possibility of a new, mystical evolution in human consciousness.
“Why not let people differ about their answers to the great
mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one's own way
to the highest, to one's own sense of supreme loyalty in life,
one's ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring
forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people
may grow in vision, stature and dedication.”
~ Algernon Blackwood